We’re highlighting 19 things that get our hearts pumping for 2019 - ways we get to connect with the greater West Point community and opportunities to document the stories of the Long Gray Line past and present and future.
2018 was special to us for many reasons. It’s the year we, the CADET TEAM, were married at West Point. It was the year we moved our operations and small family across country from Chicago to the Washington, D.C. area to embark on new, exciting challenges. And it was our first full year as a hard-copy, print publication. With all those momentous happenings, it can be hard to let go. But, it’s now time to bid farewell to 2018.
On Saturday, December 22, 2018 the CADET TEAM was hired to photograph the 2018 Joint Service Academy Ball. The West Point Parent’s Club of MD, D.C. & VA was the host for this year’s ball and several weeks prior they reached out to us. It was a perfect collaboration. Below are a few of our favorite images from the evening. The full gallery can be found by click the “view gallery” button below.
The Prisoners. Seven West Point cadets will rejoin the Corps on Saturday, December 8th. For four-quarters they will cheer, once again, with their class and company mates. After a semester away they have earned the right to once again grip hands with the Long Gray Line, in-person.
Judge a book by its cover? Yes, yes you should. Books are given covers for you to judge and HOPEFULLY become interested in them and possible buy them. Now, if you were to ONLY judge a book by its cover then we can start talking ethics and morality.
Here’s a century’s worth of Army-Navy covers for you to judge.
Fashion is just another word for the constant, inevitable shifts in popular taste. Garments, just like buildings and cars and movies, can’t help but reflect the circumstances of our moment in history. That’s what fashion is. Another way of telling time.
What’s one thing you own that you should throw out but probably never will? Old military shirts. They're not all comfortable or fashionable, but they have this ability to travel through time in a metaphorical sense.
ONE OF THE DEFINING MOMENTS IN KIM JUNG’S (’08) UNENDING LIFE ADVENTURE BEGAN WITH A DEPARTURE. IN HER DECISION TO GO TO WEST POINT, A REBELLION OF SORTS, KIM MADE A MAJOR DEPARTURE FROM THE CAREER PATH HER FAMILY EXPECTED OF HER. NOW, WITH COMBAT MISSIONS, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, A SHARK TANK DEAL AND A SUCCESSFUL, IMPACTFUL COMPANY UNDER HER BELT, KIM CONTINUES TO DEPART FROM EXPECTATIONS AND RELENTLESSLY CHALLENGE HERSELF AT EVERY CORNER
CHANCES ARE, IF YOU’VE HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE OF SOME METICULOUSLY PLANNED, FLAWLESSLY EXECUTED, AND SMASHINGLY HILARIOUS PRANK ON THE NAVAL ACADEMY, IT WAS THE BRAINCHILD OF MIKE NEMETH (‘04). MIKE IS THE OZ-LIKE ORCHESTRATOR BEHIND AMAZON’S #1 BESTSELLING BOOK ON THE NAVAL ACADEMY (SPOILER: IT’S ENTIRELY BLANK), THE FAUX NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF ANNAPOLIS CELEBRATING “GO ARMY BEAT NAVY DAY” (YAHOO! NEWS PICKED IT UP) AND THE LEGENDARY “BARRACKS LINEBACKER” VIDEO
LUKE PELL IS IS NO STRANGER TO THE GRIND OF LIFE ON THE ROAD. EACH NIGHT HE PLAYS TO PACKED ROOMS OF ADORING FANS. HIS FANBASE CONTINUES TO GROW AND LUKE FINDS HIMSELF PLAYING OVER 100 SHOWS A YEAR. ON THIS NIGHT, WE GOT A BACKSTAGE VANTAGE POINT TO LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH RISING COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR LUKE PELL.
This year Army Sprint Football is undefeated and poised to defend its CSFL title against Navy this weekend. The game is being played about 45 minutes from West Point at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community Center Field at 115 Torne Valley Rd in Hillburn, NY 10931.
"In East of Eden, John Steinbeck paints a picture of his hometown in Northern California—its landscapes, its smells, its sounds, its people. As a writer, I’ve always been jealous of his muse because my childhood home was never fully mine. How can I write about West Point when most of my experiences were on the outside looking in? How can a girl with no Class Ring touch the Long Gray Line?"
CADET was designed to be a collaborative endeavor. While VOL I was comprised entirely of images and articles attributed to the CADET team, VOL II proudly features the works of several individuals from the USMA community. Highlighting grads old and new, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share their talents with you.
Here’s a look at the contributors that helped make VOL II of CADET a success.
We couldn't have imagined a more loving, dreamy and intimate day. We were wed at West Point on May 12, 2018 in the presence of our closest friends and family members - forever linking the classes of 2003 & 2010.
A huge thank you to Wander & Range photography for capturing our day exactly how we envisioned and experienced it - check out a few of our favorite moments!
We have already begun to run into West Pointers at every turn - random happy hour near the White House: a West Pointer is there; waiting room at an eye doctor appointment: a West Pointer is there; walking down the hallway at the Pentagon: many, many West Pointers are there.
So, if you call DC or NOVA home please, please, pretty please reach out. You and your stories are at the heart of this publication - we want to help tell your story. Additionally, we are always excited to work with the West Point community and Grad-owned businesses.
You'll get 1-hour of photographic coverage of your son/daughter's bar pinning ceremony in the style of professional photographers Chris Pestel and Caroline Taft. During this 1-hour session you will get candid, photojournalistic coverage of your cadet's bar pinning as well as individual and family portraits. You can expect 50-75 quality images available for download via a web gallery within 24 hours of the session. This gallery can be shared with friends and family and can be used to impress everyone with high impact, professional images ready for your newly christened 2LT's graduation party.
HELP US WITH OUR MISSION TO LOCATE 100 WEST POINT CREATORS
Our sleeves are rolled-up, gas tank is full, cameras are poised and we've got approximately 147 questions queued-up. Our mission is simple. We want to meet, photograph and interview the creators, the innovators, the artists, the trendsetters, and the pathfinders within the ranks of the Long Gray Line.
The list is growing, but we could use your help: Do you know a West Point creator?
Early each fall, West Point’s Boxing Team makes the trip from the Hudson Valley in New York to south side Chicago’s Leo Catholic High School to conduct a clinic, share their personal stories and participate in an exhibition.
Rites of passage are important and plebe boxing is also the source of tremendous confidence, courage, pride, camaraderie and among the ranks of alpha males, bragging rights. Boxing is a great equalizer. Status vanishes. Race vanishes. Religion vanishes. And you are left with raw passion, physical prowess, and controlled agression. Enter that proving ground and no matter where you hail from, you are only in that ring. You’re from nowhere. Its just you vs your opponent…you vs yourself.
1LT Gibson’s story may sound a lot like yours or someone you know. What makes this story beautiful is how utterly relatable it is — to graduates, to veterans, to service men and women, and to each of their families that have endured the countless goodbyes and welcome homes of military life.
If you have yet to conduct your Founder's Day operations and could use the video slideshow, please reach out and we would be happy to let you use it. Additionally, all of the images shown in the video are available for order as prints/canvases. They are available in our SHOP
Laura Walker died on August 18th, 2005 in Afghanistan, many miles removed from Arvin Gym, the Cadet Barracks, the Mess Hall and trip sections. Laura was an Army-brat, Captain of Women’s Team Handball, and a member of the class of 2003–our classmate. I did not know her very well. And that fact stung me with a sense of dread as I arrived at West Point on the morning of Friday, March 27, 2015.
Books, man. They're great. Bastions of knowledge, keepers of ideas, connectors of dots. This year the United States Military Academy at West Point celebrates its 215th birthday. The cumulative knowledge amassed over those 215 years is vast and nearly endless. In the past 6 months I started to follow a new blog called Execution Hollow, which details many nuggets of West Point lore pre-1900. Its a great blog and I love learning about the past. The place was so different then, yet so very much the same.
We’re in the business of making images - we tell stories about people, about places and about things. From West Point Boxing and High School Football to the beaches of Thailand and Restaurant identity, our lens searches for the relatable and forms the tangible out of the intangible.
We’re West Point graduates - we’ve been there & we’ve done that. Who better understands a Cadet then a former one. Our trials and tribulations, though very different are more similar than dissimilar. Photography and image-making is about light, composition, framing and creativity. Great photography is about all of those things plus one big difference…empathy.